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Diversity in Education

Links to databases and resources for diversity in education, including race, ethnicity, geography, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability/disability, and other differences.

Starting Points for Diverse Children's and Young Adult Books

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For specific populations, try these too:

Finding Children's Literature at Penn State

Many Penn State libraries have children's and young adult literature, sometimes called "Juvenile Literature." Age/grade levels, genres, and other focuses of these collections vary depending on each campus's needs. 

To search children's/YA materials at Penn State libraries:

  • Use the CAT, Penn State's online catalog.
  • In the "Keyword" box, type in your topic, such as "cows" or "rockets," and click on the blue "search" button.
  • After your results appear, look to the left side of the page, under "Refine search results." 
  • Under "Format," choose "Juvenile Book."
  • If applicable, use the "Campus," "Publication Year," "Genre," and other facets to narrow your search. Your results list will update automatically.
  • Click on the blue "View Availability" button for more details about the book's location. Alternatively, click on the book's title to get more bibliographic details and location details. 
  • Note the "Call number" and "Location" of each item you want.
  • To order an item from another location, click on the blue "I Want It" button.

Juvenile materials are organized by varying methods depending on the location. Before visiting, contact the owning library to learn about opening hours, borrowing rules, etc. 

Finding Instructional Materials at Penn State

Several Penn State libraries have collections of PreK-12 instructional materials, including curriculum standards, school textbooks, activity guides, educational games, manipulatives, and more. 

To search instructional materials at Penn State libraries:

  • Use the CAT, Penn State's online catalog.
  • In the "Keyword" box, type in your topic, such as "language arts" or "science," and click on the blue "search" button.
  • After your results appear, look to the left side of the page, under "Refine search results." 
  • Under "Format," choose "Instructional Material."
  • If applicable, use the "Campus," "Publication Year," and other facets to narrow your search. Your results list will update automatically.
  • Click on the blue "View Availability" button for more details about the book's location. Alternatively, click on the book's title to get more bibliographic details and location details. 
  • Note the "Call number" and "Location" of each item you want.
  • To order an item from another location, click on the blue "I Want It" button.

Instructional materials are cataloged, organized, and loaned by varying methods depending on the location. Before visiting, contact the owning library to learn about opening hours, borrowing rules, etc. 

Instructional Materials Collections